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Meaning of 则 in 欲速则不达?

欲 -- willing, want 速 -- speedy, quick 则 -- then, but 不 -- not, negative 达 -- arrive, done If you want to finish it quicker, then you probably can't get it done (correctly).
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How to use / translate "as well as" in next sentences?

as well as: 和;以及;如同;像...一樣;既...又...; Depends on the context, you can choose a suitable one. We go to play football today as well as every sunday morning. 和每周日上午一樣,我們今天也去踢足球。 我們今天和每周日上午一樣去踢足球。 We go ...
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Gender and age neutral word for partner (not married) in Mandarin?

恋人 perfectly fits your need, its gender and age neutral, and can be used in formal settings. 情人 somehow fits your need, but is not as good, because it could also mean an extramarital lover, which may ...
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How to say "obscene": translate 下流 or 輕佻?

'Obscene' is not 下流(no class/ bad taste) or 輕佻 (frivolous) One definition of obscene is 不堪入目 , it is used to describe perverted, immoral act or behavior For example: Taking a child from his mother ...
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What is the preferred relationship title for "my mother's mother's big brother's son"?

You can use '表舅', because he is your mother's '表哥'. Basically I think there are three prefixes that you can add to relationship words: '亲' (directly/closely related, which is usually omitted), '堂', '...
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袖手旁观 generalizations

洞燭先機//////未雨綢繆//////防微杜漸//////防患未然
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Need help translating a few words

五羊牌 牌: brand. 五羊(five sheeps) is the brand name. 广州市 Guangzhou City 广州制帽厂 Guangzhou hat factory 出品 produced, product 规格 specification Reasonably, the whole thing in English might become ...
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Use of 还 in reference to "on top of that, also"

还 ( hái ㄏㄞˊ ) (7) 更加 [even more]。 (9) 不但(不仅,不光)…还… [not only ...... but also]。 In the economic sense, good ideas can increase productivity, and can also produce new innovations and inventions. ...
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Chinese names for zeptoseconds and yoctoseconds

Zeptoseconds = 仄普托秒 / 仄秒 / (Taiwan Guoyu: 介秒) 仄(仄普托)= zepto- Yoctoseconds = 幺科托秒 / 幺秒 / (Taiwan Guoyu: 攸秒) 幺(幺科托) = yocto- The shortened forms, i.e.: 仄秒 & 幺秒 are probably more accessible than ...
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What words are used in Taiwan for a place or person that mends clothing?

We don't use 補 or 縫補 in Taiwan. We use 修改衣服 instead. When you like to get the clothes mended, you should find the 修改衣服/換拉鏈 (Modify clothes/Change zippers) signs as follows. We still call the person ...
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What are the characters for "qiu qiu", which means: "check this out"

My guess is: 瞧瞧 qiaoˊ qiaoˊ When spoken in dialog you may hear qiaoˊ qiao˙, meaning they want you to take a look at something. Here are some examples.
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What are the characters for "qiu qiu", which means: "check this out"

Should be 瞅瞅, can be chou or qiu based on where you are in the northern China. This should be considered as a dialect rather than standard Mandarin.
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What do you call a 成语 made up of three words instead of four?

No surprise here, they are called 三字成语 (three-letter 成语). However the words in your question are usually not considered 成语, they are 俗语. 三字成语 do exist, though, such as 破天荒, 莫须有, and 闭门羹.
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What do you call your father's twin brother?

How about 伯叔? That is an actual thing when you don't want to specify the age. See here: https://www.moedict.tw/%E4%BC%AF%E5%8F%94
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How do you say 头大 in English?

頭大 figuratively means to be distressed/overwhelmed/worried. In English, the equivalent word is the figurative headache. 英語太難了,學得我頭大 English is too difficult; studying it is (too overwhelming) / (...
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How can I say "grade on a curve"?

It is called 标准分. Its opposite is called 原始分. 标准分 is the modified score according to the distribution of the score in the class. Its calculation method might be different from curved scores, but the ...
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Expressing 'about' in Chinese

[About + adjective phrase]= [有关 + adjective phrase + 的] or [关于 + adjective phrase + 的] 'My teacher taught us (knowledge) about Chinese' 我老师教我们有关中文的 (知识) 'Chinese'(中文) is a part of the adjective ...
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"Whatever you can do today, don't postpone it to tomorrow"

"Whatever you can do today, don't postpone it to tomorrow" This common Chinese saying may had the same origin as the quote in the question: "今天的事今天做" "Don't put off till ...
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What is the antonym of 不如?

Use 超过 or 胜过(more positive) 今年我旅游很多, 超过去年
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How do I write "One can ..." / "You can ..." (general personal pronoun) in Chinese?

Which personal pronouns can I use in an instruction in Chinese to replace the English "one" user3306356's answer did not answer this question. Yes, the subject (or it's pronouns) can be ...
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How to say "head" and "tails" when flipping a coin?

Chinese use 正反 more than US people use obverse/reverse. Other words are 花/字, but the side is controversial. The side of 中华人民共和国 is 正面, but many many people think 1元 is 正面, this would be more ...
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How to say "make money"?

生产纸币: to manufacture paper money/ to produce paper money 制造纸币: to make paper money / to produce paper money 发行纸币: to issue paper money 印制纸币: to print paper money 米凯乐 wrote: 宋朝用了这个发明做纸钱 It should be ...
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Is there an expression similar to the English "gut feeling" in Chinese?

The word for intuition or gut feeling is usually just rendered: 直觉 New Century English-Chinese also defines gut feeling: NOUN 直觉(相对于基于事实的观点)
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Cant find the characters to a phrase I heard growing up, "Gen Men", used as "totally" or "definitely"

You are probably looking for the word 根本 (gen1 ben3) which means "completely" in your context.
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How do I use 乱?

乱 (adv): arbitrarily on the basis of random choice or personal whim, rather than any reason or system. without restraint in the use of authority; autocratically. Example: 乱花錢 = spend money ...
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More logical expressions of "爸爸把你生下来"

闺女,爸爸把你生下来,却有很多的无奈 世界上有爸爸生孩子的吗?还真有! The first 生 means "give life", as in 父母生我養我 (my parents gave me life and nurtured me) The second 生 means "give birth" (生育) 生 can also mean &...
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Quenching thirst by thinking about plums

望梅止渴 wàng méi zhǐ kě lit. to quench one"s thirst by thinking of plums (idiom), fig. to console oneself with illusions The expression is a chengyu (成语, cheng2yu3). There's a story behind it: in the ...
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How is this commode style toilet seat called in Chinese?

坐便椅 can be the name you want, in a decent way. In addition you can find it in Aliexpress. Some big pharmacies also offer these.
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phrase request: complexity of interpersonal relationships

A common phrase for 'complex' is 錯綜複雜 It can be used to describe: Relational complexity Example: 人際關係錯綜複雜 (interpersonal relationships are complex) Example: 兩人的關係錯綜複雜 (the relationship between the ...
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成语 for expressing that a couple was meant for eachother

佳偶天成 (a perfect couple that's made by heaven) 天生一對 (born to be a perfect couple) 天造地設 (a perfect couple created by heaven) 天賜良緣 (a perfect marriage that was grant by the Heaven ) The_Anomaly wrote:...
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